Coach Wes comes to us with more than 25 years of experience at
every level of this sport. Below are some highlights from Coach
· Level 5 (highest achievable level) American Swim
Coaches Association (ASCA) Certified Coach
· Personally Coached US Junior National Team, US
National Team, and World Championship Team Members including 8 US
National Champion Athletes
· NAIA National Collegiate Coach of the Year
· National Select Camp and All-Star Zone Distance Camp
· Extensive experience working with Hall of Fame
coaches David Marsh & Jon Urbanchek
· Many years of experience in highly successful clubs
and collegiate swim programs including Fullerton Area Swim Team,
Ozaukee Aquatics (formerly Mequon Area Swim Team), Barracuda Swim
Club (Kingsport, TN), Savannah College of Art & Design &
· Experience as a SwimAmerica Program
We are very excited to have Wes as BBST's Head Coach!
Hans L Johnsen
Head Age Group Coach
Hans Johnsen is entering his third year as BBST's head age group coach. Coach Hans started swimming at age five in the Northern Virginia summer swim league. In high school Hans joined Curl-Burke (now Nation’s Capital Swim Club) as a year round swimmer.
Hans started his coaching career in the Northern Virginia summer swim league while still in college. Following college, he started coaching year round age group as an assistant coach with Machine Aquatics; meanwhile he continued to coach in the Northern Virginia Summer League. Coach Hans is excited to be a part of BBST and to help the age group program reach its greatest potential. He is looking forward to his role in the development of the TEAM in BBST!
Lead Developmental Coach/Admin Coach
Coach Heather Taylor has been teaching and coaching swimmers since 2007. She has a passion for teaching swimming and water safety. She has taught a wide range of ages and levels from toddlers to competitive swimmers. She has worked with swimmers both individually and in teams to develop better stroke skills, increase endurance and speed, and discover a love for swimming.
Heather is Pacific Northwest Swimming's Developmental Coach of the Year for 2016, and is certified by both the American Swim Coaches Association and USA Swimming. Heather started at BBST in 2013 as their bronze group coach and through her work helping create BBST's developmental program, is now the team's lead developmental coach. Heather has coached swimmers who have gone on to break team records, rank nationally in the top 200, medal at regional meets, and rank top 10 in team history.>
Heather has a focus of creating a respectful team culture through building character. She loves helping swimmers push themselves to uncover their highest level of ability. Heather emphasizes positive attitude, perseverance, work ethic, respect, courage, responsibility, self-discipline, teamwork, and determination. She encourages her swimmers to overcome obstacles in a fun, safe environment and to constantly push past what they know to become better, stronger athletes and people. Heather believes that a strong team consists of strong individuals working together toward a common goal - excellence.
Head Strength Coach/Assistant Coach
Brad is entering his sixth year as the Strength Coach for
BBST. During his time with BBST, Brad has
watched the team get stronger, faster and have fewer injuries.
Brad has been around swimming his entire
life. Brad grew up swimming with one of the largest clubs
in the country, and then received a full scholarship to swim at
Pennsylvania State University. His knowledge and experience with
high level swimming helps Brad understand the demands being put on
the BBST elite swimmers' bodies.
Brad spends his days helping people of all ages get
stronger, recover from various injuries, and improve sports
performance as a Certified Advanced Rolfer (rolfingbellingham.com) Brad’s knowledge of
anatomy, physiology and movement contributes to the success that he
has had with BBST.
One of the many tools that Brad loves to use with the
swimmers is the kettlebell. Brad has been a
Certified Kettlebell instructor for over ten years and has taught
workshops all over the country. Brad has also
competed in four Kettlebell Sport World Championships and always
placed in the top 3 for his weight class.